Welcome to my June Resource Roundup! This monthly feature includes a variety of articles, videos, infographics, books, etc. on LGBTQ+ topics that I’ve encountered during the month which were helpful for me or could be helpful for others. Some of them will be old things I encountered for the first time or rediscovered. Others will be new. But they will all be things that resonated with me during this month.
Articles & Websites
- 12 Ways Parents Can Show Support for Their Nonbinary Kids [Psychology Today]
Whether you are the parent of a nonbinary child or a nonbinary adult, this article offers some great tips for ways you can support your child and make sure they feel respected and affirmed by you. I’d recommend this article not only for parents but also for non-parent family members of nonbinary people and those who work with families.
- Attacks on trans people are also attacks on science itself [CNN]
One of the claims made by those spearheading the recent wave of anti-transgender legislation across the country is that they are simply following science. In this opinion piece, Drs. Jack Turban and Jules Gill-Peterson debunk that claim and outline what natural and social sciences actually tell us about trans people. I’d highly recommend this for anyone who is unsure how to navigate arguments that these laws are based in science or fact.
- The “Deviant” African Genders That Colonialism Condemned [JSTOR Daily]
One of the things I like to remind people when I teach about gender is that our ideas about gender identity and gender expression are culturally constructed. The concepts of masculine and feminine mean different things to different cultures and historically many cultures have had concepts of gender much more expansive than the ways we think of those terms in the 21st century U.S. This brief article discusses some expansive ways of thinking about gender that existed in pre-colonial African societies and shows how European colonizers misunderstood, judged, and worked to eradicate these perspectives and identities. This is a good resource for educators who teach about the diversity of gender across the world and the impacts of colonialism on societies as well as for those who have encountered the misconception that that queer and trans identities are anti-African.
- Dismantling the Gender and Sex Binary to Enhance Medical Care: A Conversation with Dr. Frances Grimstad [Harvard Health Policy Review]
I really appreciate this interview with Dr. Grimstad because she discusses some perceptions about sex and gender that have a huge negative impact on intersex and transgender people yet often go unaddressed. This is another article that offers scientific support for policies, laws, and systems that affirm trans people and it stands out for also including intersex people and a consideration of the history of aspects of our current, problematic medical approaches.
- Gender Justice in Early Childhood
This website is a phenomenal resource for educators, families, and anyone else who spends a lot of time around very young children and wants to ensure that time is affirming of gender expansive perspectives and children’s right to autonomy in regards to their genders and bodies. They offer several educational materials, concrete actions adults can take to create affirming environments, and links to additional resources adults may find helpful.
- ‘Growing up LGBT+’: Just Like Us releases new independent research report into bullying and schools [Just Like Us]
This page highlights some key findings from a recent report on the experiences of LGBTQ+ 11-18-year old students in the UK and their teachers. I always recommend educators trying to make positive systemic change in their schools to protect LGBTQ+ students share data with administrators and other school staff to show them the gains and truly awful costs of not supporting LGBTQ+ students, so I appreciate seeing more data from the UK. I also appreciate the disaggregation they did in this research which allows readers to see some of the disparities that exist between bisexual and gay students. While this page offers only the key findings, there is a link to the full report on the page.
- How to Be an Ally to People Who Are Bisexual [Social Work License Map]
Social Work License Map asked me and another bi expert to share some thoughts and resources to help social workers better serve the bi+ community. Although the website is targeted for current and aspiring social workers, the information in this article is useful for anyone who works in a helping profession or is looking for more resources to support bi+ people.
- I never saw myself as a mother—then I realized I wanted to be a dad [Today’s Parent]
As an educator, I believe part of my work is helping people understand that there is not one single narrative of how to come into any identity in the LGBTQ+ community. On top of the different ways different subcommunities within the LGBTQ+ tend to experience their identities, it’s also true that within individual subcommunities there are a variety of narratives too. That’s why I especially loved seeing this personal narrative by S. Bear Bergman which offers an experience of coming into his transness that stands out compared to the common narratives of trans identity shared in cis spaces. For trans people, particularly trans men, this article may resonate with some of your own experiences. For cis people, I’d recommend checking this article out to deepen your understanding of the different ways trans people can come into their trans identity.
- In Defense of Caring About Difference [Learning for Justice]
This old article from Learning for Justice challenges the common attitude in education that the best way to support LGBTQ+ students in the classroom is to deemphasize difference and outlines how taking that approach doesn’t affirm students in the ways educators often assume it does. I really liked this article because this mindset is something I see educators often take towards children and youth’s identities and this is one of the first articles addressing this I’ve come across that is targeted at educators.
- It’s 2021. Why Are Doctors Still Trying to “Cure” Asexuality? [Bitch Media]
One of the biggest misconceptions among allosexual people is that asexual people are not incurring any systemic harm due to their ace identities. This article refutes that by sharing examples of medical ignorance and ace antagonism many ace folks face and offering some guidance for medical professionals to help them do better by the ace community.
- LGBTQ Characters Kids Database [Insider]
I was really excited to see that Insider put together this database of over 200 LGBTQ+ characters in kids animation both as an educator and as someone who loves children’s animation and seeing LGBTQ+ representation in kids shows. I feel like this resource would be a great tool for a lesson about LGBTQ+ representation and would love to see people incorporate it into activities to increase LGBTQ+ awareness and competency in older elementary students and up. The website also includes links to a series of videos Insider has started that look more closely at the history of LGBTQ+ characters in kids animation and at specific aspects of that history.
- Pride Marches From 1969 to Present in 15 Unearthed Images [Advocate]
Among the plethora of LGBTQ+ articles that come out during Pride Month, historical articles that remind us where we’ve come from are probably my favorite. With that in mind, I was very excited to see this visual retrospective through NYC Pride marches/parades. I’d recommend educators consider ways to incorporate this article as a resource in an activity or full lesson about the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement or LGBTQ+ history in general.
- Queer Sex and Spirituality Can Coexist — LGBTQ+ People of Faith Tell All [them.]
As a queer Christian, I really appreciated stumbling upon this old article and the video embedded in it that features three queer people – one each from the three largest Abrahamic religions – discussing their queerness and spirituality. For queer people of faith, this article affirms that it is possible to hold our queerness and our spirituality. For others, this article may help you understand the realities of being a queer person of faith. I also want to note that despite the title this article isn’t at all about queer sex but is rather about queer identity.
- A Reason To Rejoice Or Reject: What It’s Really Like Being A Black Asexual Woman [Blavity]
This opinion piece by Yasmin Benoit provides examples of the ways her identity as a Black asexual woman challenged people’s assumptions about Black women and asexuality and the mistreatment that she continues to face because of her unwillingness to be anything other than who she is. I’d recommend this article for anyone unfamiliar with the ways misogynoir and allosexism can interact.
- These 25 rainbow flag-waving corporations donated more than $10 million to anti-gay politicians in the last two years [Popular Information]
Near the beginning of the month, I was talking with one of my friends about my conflicting feelings about Pride due in part to the corporatization of it. I mentioned how many of the same companies that participate in Pride parades or in increasing LGBTQ+ visibility by selling LGBTQ-themed merch during Pride Month turn around and donate to politicians and interests that are a direct threat to the LGBTQ+ community. This article shares some concrete data on some of those companies and how they are helping to fund anti-LGBTQ+ politicians and legislation.
- The Stonewall Riots Didn’t Start the Gay Rights Movement [JSTOR Daily]
When most people think about the modern LGBTQ+ Rights Movement, the movement is thought to have started with Stonewall. This article gives a quick overview of some earlier LGBTQ+ rebellions across the country, theories on why they didn’t become nationally honored like Stonewall, and a brief history of how previous activism paved the way for Stonewall to be commemorated. While I believe this overview could be especially useful for classroom usage, I’d encourage any educators using this resource to highlight how bisexual and transgender people aren’t properly acknowledged in this piece and what that says about how we have historically discussed LGBTQ+ history.
- The Top 10 LGBTQ+ Museums in the U.S. [TripSavvy]
As a lover and teacher of LGBTQ+ history, I’m always excited to see LGBTQ+ museums and archives getting some attention, so I loved seeing this top 10 list of LGBTQ+ museums. If you are interested in learning more about LGBTQ+ history, I’d recommend checking out this list, adding some of these museums to your travel list, and following some of them on social media as that is one of the main ways I have learned LGBTQ+ history recently.
- What It Means To Be ‘Aromantic,’ According To Aromantic People [HuffPost]
I highly recommend this interview with three aromantic people to folks who have considered they may be aromantic and are looking for some affirmation and to folks who aren’t that familiar with aromantic experiences. I found this interview addresses many of the most common misconceptions about aromantic people and shows that different aromantic people can and do want different things for their lives.
- #BisexualMenSpeak YouTube Playlist [J.R. Yussuf]
I’m not sure how I missed this until recently but the creator of the hashtag #BisexualMenSpeak has created an extensive playlist of YouTube videos featuring bisexual+ men speaking about their identities and experiences. This playlist was made specifically for bi+ men to have easy access to videos that reflect their experiences but I’d also recommend checking this playlist out if you struggle to understand bi+ men or are unfamiliar with the things bi+ men have to say about their experiences.
- Bisexuality: What We Wish You Knew [Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective]
As part of a project to increase bisexual visibility, the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective (HGLHC) created a short video featuring snippets of bi people sharing what they wanted people to understand about bisexuality. I’d highly recommend this short video to bi people looking for some affirmation and to those who want to learn more about bisexuality.
- “Black Queer Anthem” [Lazarus Lynch]
The most consistent way that I have celebrated Pride Month since I started coming out has been by listening to music that affirms my queerness. This song, accompanied by a video full of joyous Black queer community, deeply affirms my Black queerness and I’d recommend it for Black queer folks looking for more affirming art as well as those looking for resources to help them affirm Black queer youth in their lives.
- “Do All Asexuals Think the Same?” [Jubilee]
This 15-minute video by Jubilee offers a quick overview of some of the diverse perspectives and experiences that exist within the asexual community by asking a group of ace spectrum people to answer a series of questions and to discuss their responses with each other. I love this video because it addresses so many important facets of the ace experience in an easily digestible, personal way, so I’d highly recommend it both for ace folks looking for some validation and for allosexuals looking to learn more about the asexual community.
- Bisexuality: What We Wish You Knew [Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective]
Besides asking bi community members to submit videos for their bi visibility project, HGLHC also asked bi community members to submit written quotations. Those quotations – including my own – can be found in this series of images shared on their Facebook page.
- “Celebrating Black Queer & Trans Revolutionaries” [Dr. Kevin Nadal]
On Juneteenth, Dr. Kevin Nadal shared a series of images on Facebook highlighting quotes from some Black queer and trans revolutionaries that have inspired him. This act of honoring Black queer and trans elders and ancestors really resonated with me and I’d encourage others to check out this post for affirmation as Black queer/trans people and as a potential educational tool when discussing Black history, LGBTQ+ history, and social justice with students.
- Dispelling Myths That Can Have an Impact on the Identity, Safety, and Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth [American Counseling Association]
In this series of Facebook graphics, the ACA addresses several myths school counselors may hold about LGBTQ+ youth and highlight the truth about LGBTQ+ youth needs and experiences. As a school counselor, I have encountered multiple of these myths in professional school counseling spaces, so I really appreciated seeing ACA combat them in this direct way.
- “‘the difference between bi and pan is that pan means no gendered preferences’ is well-meaning, but…” [Summer Jasper]
This Twitter thread addresses many of my own thoughts when it comes to people’s attempts to draw a clear line between bi and pan identities and why doing so is a problem for all non-monosexual people. This is very akin to how I educate around bi and pan identities so I’d recommend this thread both for those who are unsure why it’s a problem to create such clear lines between them and for those who teach about bi+ identities and experiences.
- “This thread is very accurate and very needed…” [Angel Gravely & Shiri Eisner]
Earlier this month, Shiri Eisner wrote a great Twitter thread about the ways clinging to the myth that bisexuality has never been defined as attraction to both genders by bisexual communities harms the bisexual movement. I quoted that thread here and added my own commentary about how I find acknowledging the fact bisexual has been defined as attraction to both genders to be helpful as an educator working to help people move beyond binary definitions of bisexuality. I’d encourage you to read both of our threads to learn more.
- “To spread some pan love and visibility during Pride Month…” [PansexualityOrg]
Every day of Pride Month, the Pansexuality Org Twitter shared a quote from the 70s-90s that referenced pansexuals/pansexuality. This thread provides an easily digestible challenge to the misconception that pansexuality is an orientation that only came about within recent years and also offers a lot of affirmation for pan folks.
- Why is Demisexuality Not “Just Being Straight with Standards?” [Ace on Main]
This short series of Instagram graphics addresses some of the misconceptions people often hold about demisexuality by breaking down the concepts of primary attraction and secondary attraction and how those do and don’t apply to demisexuality. If you’ve found yourself confused about what differentiates demisexuality from other ways in which people experience attraction or make decisions around attraction, this post may be helpful for you.